Saturday, October 26, 2013

POS Day

Sometimes the world must spin down and one must address their industrial focus.

My POS is a slow pay off. In the world of comparing one activity to another for ISK making POS stuff has to rank rather low. It is enjoyable to accomplish it but I would not call it fun. There is a lot of puttering involved with the POS.

I try to keep my POS reacting constantly. This builds up a backlog of the material that I react into boosters. I had built up a huge supply and started letting that chew down while I spent some time entering into the synth booster market as a potential future income source. I've also been quite irritated with the blueprint prices. People tend to control that particular market and often times I will see ridiculous fluctuations in the prices of things. Earlier this year Vov pointed out that I was whining and suggested that I stop whining and buy a pack of 10 BPCs when my normal habit was to buy one or two. I have to thank him for that because they came in use later.

Today, I sat down with my booster alt in the station she builds her boosters at and looked at what she needed and put out the ISK to resupply her with blueprint copies. A lot of my booster goals have failed. I never found some big group to supply. Some of the people who were using types heavily stopped. I floundered under a lot of product for a long time that was not moving. Now, sales are steady due to my boys. But it is a long, slow pay off. I can easily drop a few billion ISK up front and I will slowly recoup that over the next few months.

That invest now pay out later thing crosses the board with what activities I do with my POS. My secondary activity used to be moon mining. I really should reanchor my POS on a cheap moon again. It puts a small dent in the bills. I've been thinking of changing my alt corporation name. This may be a good time to do that.

I assume most people have a chatroom that all of their alts sit in. In mine, I have created a list (with links!) to what booster needs what gas. This gives me a quick flow chart to search the market for what I need. I am incredibly proud of this tiny, sensible thing that I did.


While looking through blueprints I remembered that I purchased a stack of copies from someone about six months ago. I went looking for them and low and behold I had 17 standard X-Instinct BPCs. I was over joyed. The contract market had exactly 1 contract that was a bundle of standard and improved BPCs for 180 million. I also had six Exile Blueprints. I had never gotten around to retrieving them but that will be done promptly and save me much stress.

I also have blueprints cooking. The extra space in my tower handles that. My first batches of blue prints have sold over the last few weeks. I figured out some 'good' ME and PE values and have slowly cooked them. To my delight they sell rather steadily. That means I need to invest and buy some more and start the process again.

If I was good at this stuff I'd have numbers that say how long I cooked the blueprints for vs what I sold them for. I look at it this way. I sold them for four times what I purchased them for. I cooked them with spare processing power. I doubt it is a very good reinvestment but it is a very interesting one and functions on the basis that I sold it for more then I purchased it.

I'm not sure if I will advance my production abilities. My POS is rather tight because of the Drug Lab. It leaves little room for other goodies. With my market and PvE adventures not to mention the fact that technically I am a PvP pilot in a PvP corporation I don't think I have the time to do more.

Forgot to add: I notice that people often sell their boosters for a bit less then I. I can only feel they are harvesting their gas and/or popping their blue prints. My first attempt at recording and pricing things were for boosters. They are not cheap to make. I may be missing something or maybe there are that many people cutting themselves in build costs. 

2 comments:

  1. I think boosters in general are hidden in eve (kinda) . Not many know about them and they don't seem to be advertise as much as they should. When you request help anywhere in eve, especially as a newbie, you are always toldhow to fit your ship and how to pvp, but boosters rarely get mention. Until very recently as an older nubbie, I've finally came to have a graps of what they are and what they do.

    And since they are not commonly use (my perspective). This negatively afffect demand.

    Also there doesn't seem to be any boosters that affect industry stuff. (ie. boost mining, etc)

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  2. Hi Sugar,

    I've been seriously considering putting up a POS in my area of low sec for some time now but I don't want to get in over my head. I plan on either researching BPO's or cooking up boosters (or both like you) but I'm leery of exactly how to fuel the station itself.
    Can I ask are you using a large or medium POS?
    Are you buying the fuel needed or are you running PI yourself to fuel it?
    Any other advice is very much appreciated.

    Roman

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